JACKSON CENTER — The Jackson Center Lady Tigers had plenty of motivation Thursday night in their latest volleyball match.
For one thing, they were playing second-place Fort Loramie, and a win would nail down an outright league title.
And for another, a win would give head coach Kim Metz 500 in her career, which has spanned 29 yards, all at Jackson Center.
The Lady Tigers responded, too, turning back a determined lady Redskins squad 3-0 on scores of 26-24, 25-22, 25-18.
Metz becomes only the second Shelby County League coach to reach 500 victories, joining former Fairlawn head coach Wade Wilhelm, who won 571 games in his career.
“The girls always get up for the league opponents, so emotions were running high already,” said Metz. “And we had to fight for it. Fort Loramie came in with their guns loaded.”
The win put the No. 1-ranked Lady Tigers at 11-0 in the County and 21-0 overall heading into the regular-season finale at Houston on Tuesday.
Fort Loramie is now 8-3 in the league and 13-7 overall, and will host Middletown Fenwick Saturday and Russia Tuesday to end the regular season.
For Jackson Center, Cassie Meyer had 14 kills and nine digs, and both Camryn Hoehne and Alicia Kessler had eight kills each. Raquel Kessler added six.
Kamryn Elchert had 16 assists, and Hoehne nine asissts and 11 digs. Vanessa Winner had 10 digs, eight assists and four kills, and Christen Ware had nine digs.
Fort Loramie won the junior varsity game 2-0.
Anna 3, Botkins 0
ANNA — The Anna Lady Rockets nailed down third place in the County race with a 3-0 win over Botkins in action Thursday at Anna.
The Lady Rockets go to 7-4 in the league and are now 11-10 overall after winning 25-22, 25-20, 25-19. Botkins falls to a final County mark of 2-10 and is now 7-14 overall.
Anna concludes regular season play Tuesday at Fairlawn, and Botkins ends its regular season Monday at home against Covington.
For Anna, Krista Gehret led in kills with 14, Emma Meyer and Kennedey Glover had eight and Ashley Landis added seven.
Lexi Wells had 31 assists and nine digs, Kelsey Meyer had eight digs, and Carly Becker and Rachel Shoemaker seven apiece.
For the Lady Trojans, Sarah Bergman had 11 kills and 19 digs, and Jenna Pitts 23 assists and 15 digs.
Danielle Schwartz added 16 digs and Alexis Jones finished with 15.
Riverside 3, Ridgemont 0
RIDGEWAY — The Riverside Lady Pirartes kept their outstanding season going with a 3-0 Northwest Central Conference victory over Ridgemont in action on the road thursday.
The win came by scores of 25-18, 25-9, 25-19, and put the Lady Pirates at 16-4 overall and 5-1 in the NWCC heading into a non-league home match with Bellefontaine on Monday.
Marissa Davis was imposing at the net again, pounding out 20 kills and serving three aces.
Shelby Giles had 10 kills and three blocks, and Alexis Snow set them up with 17 assists.
The defense was led by Kristin Davidson and Lauren Anderson with 15 digs apiece.
Ridgemont won the JV game 25-3, 25-11.
Minster 3, NK 0
MINSTER — Minster defeated New Knoxville 3-0 in Midwest Athletic Conference play Thursday, the scores being 25-23, 25-17, 25-23.
Minster is 3-5 in the league and 13-7 overall. NK is 2-5 and 9-10.
Jordyn Heitbrink had 17 kills for Minster and Rosie Westerbeck 12. Paite Thobe added eight and Carly Barhorst six.
Hayley Baumer had 42 assists, Paige Purdy had 23 digs, Westerbeck 16 digs, Sara Ripploh 13 digs and Heitbrink 10.
For the Lady Rangers, Kelzie Schroer had a triple-double of 13 kills, 18 assists and 15 digs. Shayna Bierlein had 14 kills and 20 digs, Faith Homan had 23 digs and Tasia lauth six kills.